LG subsidiaries fined $126k for illegal software use
MOSCOW, October 26 - RAPSI, Dmitry Shchitov. A court has awarded Adobe and Corel $126,400 in their lawsuit against subsidiaries of LG Electronics, Inc. for illegal use of software, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
The Moscow Commercial Court ordered LG Electronics RUS-Marketing to pay 1.2 million rubles ($39,348), while LG Electronics RUS was ordered to pay 2.6 million rubles ($85,264).
The Interior Ministry's economic security department earlier inspected LG offices. The inspectorate discovered that over 60 employees used unlicensed software. Officers confiscated 44 desktops and 17 laptop computers. According to the preliminary damage assessment, the license holder lost about 2 million rubles, the Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti. The ministry opened the case in September 2010 over the illegal software use at the LG Russian office.
The chairperson of the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) Russian committee told RIA Novosti LG used illegal software of a half of BSA members.
BSA is an international association of software producers. It includes the internationally-known companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Kaspersky Lab, SAP, Corel, Cisco etc.
LG Russia denies the charges.